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RPV News Update: October 14, 2005

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    Republican Party of Virginia Republican Party of Virginia | Kate Obenshain Griffin, Chairman Friday, October 14, 2005 www.vagop.com NEWS UPDATE Click on links
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      Republican Party of Virginia

      Republican Party of Virginia | Kate Obenshain Griffin, Chairman

      Friday, October 14, 2005 www.vagop.com

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      Kilgore, Kaine spar on death penalty

      Republican gubernatorial candidate Jerry W. Kilgore yesterday continued pressing rival Timothy M. Kaine on the death penalty, enlisting four GOP prosecutors to challenge Kaine's uncertainty over the deterrent effect of capital punishment. Kaine, attempting to blunt a Kilgore fusillade on the death penalty that opened Tuesday with two commercials featuring the families of murder victims, turned to Democratic prosecutors for help. "We could have a governor with the power to commute sentences who doesn't believe in the death penalty in the first place," said Virginia Beach Commonwealth's Attorney Harvey L. Bryant, a Republican. The Kilgore campaign also cited a study by the University of Chicago showing that 18 lives are saved every time someone is executed. The former attorney general has proposed expanding the death penalty to include, among other crimes, a conviction for ordering a murder. (Richmond Times-Dispatch, 10/13/05)

      Valley Donors Show Kilgore The Money

      Even without the $100,000 from Rockingham County millionaire Walter Curt, Republican candidate for governor Jerry Kilgore has outraised his Democratic opponent, Tim Kaine, by a more than 6-to-1 margin in the central Valley, campaign finance records show. Kilgore, the state's former attorney general, has hauled in about $212,000 from Harrisonburg and Rockingham County residents and businesses, according to the latest campaign finance reports from the Virginia Public Access Project and the state board of elections. Kaine, meanwhile, has raised just over $17,000 from city and county donors, records show. Russ Potts, the state senator from Winchester, has received just one contribution from area donors $200 from former James Madison University president Ronald Carrier in his independent bid for governor. (Daily News-Record, 10/14/05)

      Sen. Allen campaigns to re-elect Del. Gear

      Over and over again Tuesday morning, U.S. Sen. George Allen touted Del. Tom Gear's record of fighting higher taxes as a leading reason to give the Hampton Republican a third term in the House of Delegates. "Tom has shown his mettle," Allen told more than 100 people at a fundraiser for Gear's campaign at Poquoson Seafood Restaurant. "He has stood up for taxpayers. He has stood up for working people. He has stood up for families." Hampton City Councilman Randy Gilliland wants to unseat Gear in the Nov. 8 election. "Tax increases not only take more money out of your pockets," Allen said of Gear, "but they hurt our competition for new businesses and jobs." (Daily Press, 10/12/05)

      McDonnell ad targets Deeds on inmate lawsuits

      In the 30-second television spot, a narrator says McDonnell's opponent, Democratic state Sen. Creigh Deeds, "repeatedly opposed laws to stop prisoners from filing frivolous lawsuits against Virginia. And Deeds supports giving more liberal rights to prisoners." McDonnell began airing the ad in most of the state except the expensive northern Virginia market one day after he proposed a package of reforms intended to curb meritless inmate lawsuits. He said Wednesday that Deeds voted against three bills to discourage such lawsuits and co-sponsored legislation, which never came up for a vote, to create regional "happy criminal commissions" to ensure that inmates were satisfied with their treatment in prison. (Associated Press, 10/14/05)


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